When the summer months are here we want books, even history books, to read like exciting bestselling novels. Nathaniel Philbrick, winner of the National Book Award, frequently writes about the part of the world he knows best—New England. The Monrovia Public Library has three of his most popular books that vividly capture the heartbeat and heartbreak of history and introduce us to colorful, little known personalities.
His newest is Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolution, which looks into the minds of both the Americans and the British and focuses on how a battle became a flashpoint for the Revolution.
In Mayflower: A Story of Community, Courage and War Philbrick tells the true story of who the Pilgrims were and why and how they came to America. He also explodes the Pilgrim myth that the newcomers treated Native Americans in a welcoming way.
In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex is the compelling tale of a whaling ship that left Nantucket only to be sunk in the middle of the ocean by a whale. As the crew drifts in lifeboats, it fights for survival. When this gripping story was first reported with great detail and drama in 1820, it later inspired Herman Melville to write Moby Dick.